The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

Don’t outsource inspectors


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Apr. 19, 2017 - 12:55 AM

I have learned that Coweta county is eliminating their Residential Construction Inspectors Division. These are seasoned inspectors who have raised the quality of homes built in Coweta County.

I have inspected homes in Coweta county built in the ‘70s, ‘80s and early ‘90s and wondered if the building inspector ever left his car. I have found homes constructed recently to be held to the building standards adopted by Coweta County and can only thank the Coweta County and city of Newnan building inspectors for doing a great job.

My fear is that our new construction taking place will not be subject to the wisdom and seasoned experience of the current inspectors enforcing the code. I am afraid we will not see the difference these men made until 10 years down the road when homes built now are not holding up.

From what I understand, Coweta County has given this job to a private firm called SAFEbuilt Georgia. I know they handle Fayette County. The chatter I hear is that they have a hard time keeping employees, with the result we have many young men are out on their own trying to decipher the many codes in place. Not an easy job.

I have not done my own investigation into SAFEbuilt and the experience of their employees. I would ask that your investigative writers would examine this. The quality of the homes Coweta County citizens are buying has a larger effect in the future than the county saving a few dollars.

Richard Dias